In cookbooks, start with the grandmas
COOKBOOKS have become a favorite form of fund-raising for Project Graduation committees, but people love 'em, so why not keep 'em coming?
Mililani High School's class of 2006 sent one around last week -- it's called "Warrior Chefs." My favorite thing to look for in these benefit cookbooks is grandma recipes. I figure these are tried, true and no-nonsense.
"Warrior Chefs" has a whole bunch of these: Grandma Matsumura's Spaghetti, Grandma Soberano's Easy Spaghetti, Grandma Shimotsu's Mango Bread and Great-Grandma Judd's Zucchini Bread. For good measure there's also Grandpa Shimotsu's Blueberry Cheese Pie and Grandpa Matsumura's Dango.
The one I chose to try was from the aforementioned Grandma Shimotsu -- actually, Frances Shimotsu, grandmother of student Chantelle Matsumura. It's for hoisin spareribs and is one of the simplest recipes you'll ever find.
In grandma tradition, one of the ingredients is vague: "1 bottle hoisin sauce." Bottles of hoisin come in sizes from 8 to 32 ounces. If you asked Grandma which one, she'd probably say, "the regular size."
I suggest starting with 1 cup of sauce. Taste as you go. That's the grandma way.
The cookbooks are being sold from 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at Mililani Town Center (outside Surprise). They cost $14, or $16 gift-wrapped. For mail orders, send checks made to MHS SPADA Inc., P.O. Box 894174, Mililani 96786. Add $4 postage for one to two books; $8 for three or more.
Questions? Call Tracy Turner, 382-9887 or e-mail tracyinHI@aol.com.
Grandma Shimotsu's Hoisin Spareribs
5 pounds spareribs, cut in 1- to 2-inch pieces
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup sherry
1 cup hoisin sauce
Place ribs in a pot of water. Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer 45 minutes or until tender.
Drain, sprinkle with sugar.
Combine sauce ingredients and pour over ribs. Serves 8.
Approximate nutritional analysis, per serving: 550 calories, 27 g total fat, 9 g saturated fat, 160 mg cholesterol, greater than 1,000 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 17 g sugar, 50 g protein.
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